As an interior design consultant, I love designing and creating beautiful bathrooms. With so many fabulous options for bathroom materials, fixtures and finishes on the market today, it’s a great time to remodel that outdated bathroom. Whether your project is a master bathroom or a hall/guest bathroom, the first step is to determine your style and budget. Do you love modern interior design and contemporary styles or do you lean towards a traditional and tailored style? To help you design a bathroom that is perfect for YOU, here are a few of my favorite tips to get the look!
- Invest Wisely – Bathroom renovations are like kitchen renovations….they take good planning, they tend to be expensive and you probably won’t be remodeling them again for at least another 10 – 15 years. Investing in quality products that will last is essential. Take your time and choose wisely.
- Cabinetry – Good quality cabinetry is a must when designing your bathroom. Vanities and cabinetry are not only the workhorse in a bathroom, they are also a key design element. Choosing the right style and color for your cabinets can take your bathroom from modern to classic in a nano-second. You want to select a cabinet style and finish that reflects your tastes, matches the room decor and will be something you love to see every day for years to come. I happen to love this Shaker style door, with its beautiful grey finish combined with brass fixtures and mirrors. Photo from Elements of Style.
- Fixtures – Speaking of fixtures, bathroom fixtures are like the “jewelry” to a bathroom. They are the finishing touches that make your bathroom shine! Choosing the right style to compliment your cabinet style is important. Whether you choose chrome, satin or brass, you want to keep the finishes and style consistent with each fixture element. Brass is back
- Tile – Tile, Tile and more Tile! There are endless possibilities on the market when it comes to tile and stone. It’s easy to get overwhelmed when trying to decide which one to choose. One approach I use is to start with the tiles for the shower walls and the shower floor. Then, I select the floor and countertop material. The shower wall and floor tile become statement areas for the bathroom that naturally attract your eye. Below is a great combination of white and grey tile materials from Walker Zanger.
- Shower/Tub/No Tub? – One question I am asked frequently is whether to keep the master bathtub or not. The question I ask in return is: “how often do you use the tub?” If the answer is “often,” then I say: make it a beautiful statement piece in your master bath. Otherwise, save the space and forgo the tub. My rule of thumb is: The space should always work for how you use it and for what you enjoy.
- Lighting – Your bathroom should be bright and clean, so ample overhead and task lighting are both key elements to a good bathroom lighting plan. Since bathrooms are a room in the house where people spend a lot of time, you want the ability to create an atmosphere that is relaxing and spa-like. Having flexibility to adjust the lighting is really important, which is why I use dimmers just like I do throughout the rest of a house.
Investing in a bathroom redesign is a wise decision! So use these tips and ideas to get the most out of your investment and give yourself a beautiful and luxurious bathroom for years to come.
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